Its seems as though now a days we are so wrapped in our phones that we forget everything around us. Yes it is 2016 and almost everyone is familiar with all the latest apps and the must haves. Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter just a few of the apps that have taken over our lives. Of course it’s a good way to stay in contact with your friends getting to know what everyone is doing and so on, but have you noticed its gotten way to much? Everywhere I go, I see people looking down on their phones, whether it be texting and walking, liking pictures on Instagram on the dinner table or taking a perfect selfie in killer lighting. I think we can all agree that most of us are guilty of this. I am personally trying my hardest to stay off my phone and really enjoy times like spending time with my parents, taking a walk outside, or simply just taking a break from looking at my screen all day.
We are truly missing out on everyday activities by being so caught on the life that is our phone. I can gladly say that when I was younger I experienced life and everything around me. I didn’t get my first phone until i was 18. Back then, it was upsetting to see everyone around me have a phone because I wasn’t allowed, but now, I’m glad I didn’t have a phone during those ages. Luckily, I enjoyed everything from going outside and playing on the playground, playing volleyball by my house all night, and I got to enjoy my meal before having to take a picture to post about. The time we live in now is tremendously different, even with the youth, when I go out I see at least 3 out of the 5 kids have iPads in their hands just sitting, not even paying attention the world around them.
Recently I decided to go the whole day without my phone, no Instagram, no text messages, I turned off my phone and put it away. Yes, it got very boring very fast but It felt nice to kind of take a break from staring at a screen all day. Time is precious and if I can have extra time to really appreciate the people around me then I will gladly turn off my phone. Try it one time, even if it is for an hour, turn off your phone and really see what you can accomplish without having the everyone see it through a phone screen.
“Be grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people who you love. Life is so very precious. ” -Mandy Hale